A Special Thank You to Kim Harrison

I hope everyone enjoyed Monday’s excerpt from Black Sun. Just a small glimpse.

Oh, stolen posts, stolen posts. A while back I introduced my dear talented writer husband to the world of Kim Harrison and her daily blogs about her writing. She is not only a phenomenal writer, but a mistress of marketing and keeping her fans happy and waiting with baited breath. Whether it is sending out her Monday Madness freebees, signed books for the price of postage, or swag from her latest book, she makes sure her work is on people’s minds. In fact, this past week she was both a hot sight at Comic-con and her first graphic novel, Blood Work, just went to #1 on the New York Times. Congratulations to her.

She has been a great inspiration and an entertaining read for me. As my husband and I follow the path to being published authors, I have watched her blog more and more for tidbits and have been passing them on. One of the best tidbits to writers came on June 24th in her blog entry “An Open Letter to ‘I Am Special’ Writers”:

“Write every day, same time, same place, even if it’s only for 20 minutes.  This will train your creativity to turn on at a drop of a hat.  Two weeks of agony, and you will start to notice you will not be staring at a blank page when you sit down, but writing immediately.”

So true for writing, but I have learned that it works for revising and editing too. I teased about my Dates with my vampires. Truth in these dates inspired by this post is evident in the work being put forth. Knowing that this time is put away for this specific purpose truly does turn the brain on for the task at hand. It lets the brain feel there are both a beginning and an end. The “five o’clock” whistle is waiting for you, so the job becomes less overwhelming.

A few changes

Work, work, work...

So, I would like to send a special thank you out to the talented and wise author for taking the time out to train potential authors she’s never met. Through her advice, I am ahead of my schedule for revising and feel good doing it. The accomplishment there is the amount of work I have been able to get through. Oh, and on that note, I am now up to 16 out of 22 chapters. It’s all coming together.


About Courtney Sloan

A New Orleans native, Courtney Sloan relocated to the hills of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina. There she lives with her husband and fellow author, J.P. Sloan, their son and their crazy German Shepherd pup. Adding to her writing life, Courtney is also a professor at the local college and enjoys learning a world of new ideas from her students as she teaches them about writing and communicating. Courtney’s New Orleans upbringing has left her with a love for the macabre and a flare for the next to normal. She writes speculative fiction with a variety of horror and sass mixed in for flavor. She loves taking the world of politics that haunts us now, and adding the supernatural to create a gumbo of thrills to keep you up at night. A self-proclaimed lover of way too many fandoms, Courtney also loves crafting. From blankets to jams to stories, it’s always better homemade. View all posts by Courtney Sloan

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